Oppo R5 smartphone: The best smartphone Oppo has in its portfolio
With its 4.85mm slim profile, Oppo's R5 held the record of the slimmest smartphone in the world even thought it was just for a few days.
Specifications: 5.2-inch amoled display (1920 x 1080 pixels), octa core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB host, 2,000mAh battery, Android 4.4, 155 grams
Pros: Stylish and slim design, metal and glass body, great display, zippy camera with expert mode, good performance, Vooc fast charger technology
Cons: Non expandable storage, average battery life, no FM radio, no 3.5mm jack
With its 4.85mm slim profile, Oppo's R5 held the record of the slimmest smartphone in the world even thought it was just for a few days. Even though there is a slimmer phone out there (Vivo X5 Max), the Oppo R5 stands its ground with its fantastic design. At 155 grams, the phone feels good in the hand irrespective of the slim frame. We loved the sturdy metal frame on the phone - it can withstand accidental drops and bumps and adds to the phones look. The only issue is that the camera module protrudes out of the slim body. This makes the camera lens more vulnerable to scratches in day-to-day use.
On the right side of the phone are the power and volume keys while on the left is the single SIM slot. Note that there is no 3.5mm audio jack on the phone due to its slim profile - you have to use the provided microUSB to 3.5mm adapter for headphones. So if you are listening to music using the adapter, you cannot charge the phone. This might be a turn off for some users.
Oppo R5 comes with a 5.2-inch IPS amoled display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. We found the display to be bright with good viewing angles and rich color output. As expected from the amoled panel, the colors appear vivid and it is great for watching videos and playing games. While the touch response was also great, the phone lacks a high sensitivity mode to use with gloves. This is not a deal breaker, but for the price being asked, we feel it should have been included. Below the display are the usual android buttons for menu, back and home.
Hardware specifications include Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB non-expandable storage and a 2000mAh battery. Out of the 16GB internal storage, only 12GB is available to the user. In terms of performance, the phone sails smoothly through everything - games, multimedia playback and also multiple apps running in the background. We tried games like Asphalt, Shadowgun and Dead trigger 2 - all of them ran without any issues on the smartphone.
One of the main issues on the phone is the battery life. As expected from a 2,000mAh battery, it struggles to last from morning to evening with mix usage. To solve the problem, Oppo has built their proprietary Vooc rapid charger technology in the phone. You get a 5amp charger with a special cable to charge the Oppo R5 - we were able to charge the phone from 10 to 100% in just an hour's charging which is very impressive. The only catch is you will have to carry the charger with you everywhere.
In terms of the software, we liked the Oppo R5 custom interface. The left most home panel is a dedicated music player along with quick app launch submenu - this makes it easy to launch apps used regularly. Like most Chinese brands, there is no app drawer in Oppo's interface - all icons are placed on the home screen.
Double swipe on the notification drop down panel shows the entire function menu - we liked it more than the usual style of tapping another button to view the functions panel. There is a security center preloaded that has features for memory cleanup, data saving, power manager, blacklist, data monitor, permission manager and a guest mode. Overall the interface is smooth to navigate and gets two thumbs up from us.
Oppo's 13MP primary camera is also very impressive. It takes excellent images in daytime but low light images have visible noise. What impressed us was the speed of the camera - it instantly focused on the subject and took a second to shoot and save the image. You also get an expert mode that gives control for manual focus, exposure, white balance etc. There are also various shoot modes available including slow shutter, colorful night, beautify, HDR, panorama, GIF, double exposure, audio photo (photo with sound and animation), super macro, RAW and after focus. Most of the modes are self-explanatory, but special mention for Double Exposure, super macro, after focus and RAW mode on the phone - these are not usually found on smartphones. Front 5MP camera proved to be great for taking selfies. It has a beautify mode with various filter affects to enhance your photos.
Overall, the Oppo R5 can easily be termed as the best smartphone Oppo has in their portfolio. While the R5's features and performance impressed us, the limited storage and poor battery life proved to be a letdown.
For the same price, you should also look at the Vivo X5Max - the slimmest smartphone in the world at 4.75mm with a similar metal body as the Oppo R5. However, the X5Max has a 5.5-inch full HD super amoled display, expandable storage and a 3.5mm audio jack with the exact same hardware.